"He was tall, but exceedingly lank, with narrow shoulders, long arms and legs, hands that dangled a mile out of his sleeves." "His school house was a low building of one large room, rudely constructed of logs; the windows partly glazed and partly patched, with leaves of old copy books."
"From the moment Ichabod laid his eyes upon these regions of delight the peace of his mind was at an end and his only study was how to gain the affection of the peerless daughter of Van Tassel" "Any new competitor. Among these, the most formidable was a burly, roaring roistering blade, of the name Abraham, or, according to the dutch abbreviation, Brom Van Brunt, the hero of the country."
"There was something extremely provoking in this obstinately pacific system; it left Bram no alternative, but to draw upon the funds of rustic waggery in his disposition; and to play off boorish practical jokes upon his rival."
"He affirmed that, on returning one night from the neighboring village in Sign Sing, he had been overtaken by a midnight trooper that he had fered to race with him for a bowl of punch, and should have won too, for daredevil beat the goblin horse all hollow but just as they cam to the church bridge the hessian bolted, and vanished in a flash of fire
"All these tails, told ion that drowsy undertone in which men talk in the dark the countenances of the listeners and then receiving a casual glean for glare of a pipe, sank deep into the mind if Ichabod."
"Ichabod was horror struck, on perceiving that he was headless!-but his horror was still more increased, on observing that his head, which should have rested on his shoulders, was carried before him on the pommel of the saddle: his terror rose to desperation; he rained a shower of kicks and blows upon gun powder, hoping, by sudden movement to give his companion the slip-but the specter started full jump with him."